UPDATE: Stevenage drug raids see 21 arrested and 16 charged

A TWO day drugs operation has resulted in 21 people arrested and 16 charged with drug related offences.

Police carried out simultaneous early morning raids on Wednesday and Thursday, in a bid to crack down on drug trafficking in Stevenage.

They had spent months investigating suspects, and by the end of the second day, all those targeted had been arrested.

Chief Inspector Richard Liversidge, who led the operation, said: “This was an excellent result, which will have a major impact on drug related activity in Stevenage.

“I hope this sends out a clear message to individuals and organised groups committing crime in this area that these offences will not be tolerated. We will actively pursue those people that choose to deal drugs in our community.


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“Drug offences are often closely linked to other types of acquisitive crime such as burglary, robbery and motor vehicle theft, and we have already recovered property at some of the addresses targeted, which we believe is linked to other offences.

“I hope we have reassured local residents that we are listening to their concerns and we will act on information they provide. We will continue to pursue leads and act on intelligence, so if you are engaged in the supply of drugs - you could be next.”

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Those that have been charged are:

• Kevin Rochester, 35, from London has been charged with five counts of supplying class A drugs in Hertfordshire and five counts of supplying class A drugs in Warwickshire. He has been remanded in prison.

• A 16-year-old boy from London has been charged with two counts of supplying class A drugs.

• Ian Hamilton, 53, of Newcastle Close has been charged with nine counts of supplying class A drugs and one count of possession of class A drugs. He has been remanded in prison.

• James O’Neil, 52, of Ingleside Drive and Kevin Kernaghan, 30, of no fixed abode have been charged with five offences of supplying class A drugs.

• Harwinder Grewal, 35, from Mildmay Road and Robert Smith, 46, from Harrow Court have been charged with supplying class A drugs.

Grewal has been remanded in prison.

• Daniel O’Donnel, 33, from Four Acres has been charged with 11 offences of supplying class A drugs. He has been remanded in prison.

• Dean Scully, 33, from Ripon Road has been charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. He has been remanded in prison.

• Samantha Hawkins, 30, from London was charged with perverting the course of justice.

• Jordan Angus, 18, from West Close in Stevenage has been charged with 10 offences relating to the supply and possession of cannabis.

• A 15-year-old boy from Stevenage has been charged with three offences of supplying cannabis.

• Sidney Twomey, 18, from Fox Road has been charged with possession with intent to supply cannabis

• A 17-year-old from Stevenage was charged with supplying cannabis.

• A 16-year-old from Stevenage has been charged with supplying cannabis.

• Jamie Weston, 19, from Popple Way has been charged with supplying class B Drugs, offering to supply class B drugs and theft.

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